Monthly Archives: February 2011

A Pious Trip to North Indian Sikh Shrines with Shikhar Travels

India is a melting pot of a host of cultures and religions, and Sikhism is one of the most notable of them all. North Indian regions of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, among others are dotted with loads of popular Sikh Shrines, popularly known as Gurudwaras. These are popular worldwide for their philanthropic and harmonical virtues, and absorbing “Shabad Kirtans” that will take you to the worlds of enormous tranquillity.

Shikhar Travels, in its Gurudwara Darshan tour package, takes you to all the renowned Gurudwaras of the North India. Gurudwaras covered in our package are:

1. Hemkund Sahib: Regarded as the World’s Highest Gurudwara, Hemkund Sahib is perched on the banks of the glacial lake Hemkund. This highly revered shrine marks the place where the 10th and the last Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji, unified with God after prolonged meditation. This scenic shrine is encircled by seven snow-capped peaks and their associated glaciers. Streams from Sapt Rishi peaks and Haathi Parvat feeds the Hemkund lake and a small stream Himganga flows out of this.

2. Ponta Sahib: Situated at the banks of river Yamuna, Ponta Sahib is also related to the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji, who lived here. It is said that he achieved a great victory over 2 hill country-kingdom at Bhangani, a place 23 kms away from the Gurudwara.

3. Anandpur Sahib: Ranked as one of the important places in Sikh religion, Gurudwara Anandpur Sahib was founded by the ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Teg Bahadur Ji, back in the year 1664. It was the place where the Khalsa sect was born under the leadership of Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Gurudwara Sri Sis Ganj, the place where severed head of Gurur Teg Bahadur was cremated, and Gurudwara Kesgarh Sahib, where five brave followers of Guru Gobind Singh Ji offered their heads – are the places that would interest you.

4. Amritsar: Home to the immensely popular Golden Temple, Amritsar is the most important city for the Sikh community. The city stands as an emblem for the economic prosperity and widespread felicity in Punjab. Also known as Harmandir Sahib, the temple is built at the center of a “holy sarovar”.

5. Nanakmatta: A place of extreme religious interests for Sikhs, Nanakmatta is situated on the Khatima-Tanakpur Road. It is believed that the founder of Sikhism and the first Guru, Guru Nanak Dev Ji, visited this place during his visit to Kailash Parvat in 1515 A.D.

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A Trip to Ravishing Rajasthan

Rajasthan is the land of imperial living, opulent cultural heritage, commendable hospitality, picturesque sand dunes, and delectable recipes. It’s the largest state of India popular worldwide for its vivid tourist attractions and cultural sites. It ranks amongst the league of those places where you can actually bask in the lives that the kings and priced used to have in earlier times. The state is studded with a variety of eye-catching tourist spots, which include sumptuous forts and palaces,highly-revered temples, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, mountain ranges, just to name a few.

Be it the tranquility of the Thar Desert, or magnificent lakes of Udaipur, or invincible forts of Jaipur, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur, everything about Rajasthan is incredible. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that your trip to India would be incomplete if you wouldn’t visit Rajasthan. Well, let’s take you through some of the must-visit places of this remarkable north-western state of India.

Jaipur: Popularly named as the Pink City of India, Jaipur has a host of scenic buildings and cultural spots to dish out to you. Among all its forts and castles, Amber Fort is arguably the grandest of all. Its rugged forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate refinement. Other attractions of Jaipur include the princely Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, the City Palace, and the list goes on and on.

Udaipur: The jewel in the crown of this City of Lakes is its majestic City Palace. The magnificent palace started by Maharana Udai Singh II and completed in a long time lag is the largest palace complex of Rajasthan. Built in glittering granite and marble it majestically towers high on the Pichola Lake. Another notable tourist spot in Udaipur is Fatehsagar Lake. This artificial lake was built in 1678 by Maharana Jai Singh. After heavy rains destroyed it the reconstruction took place under the guidance of Maharana Fateh Singh.

Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary: Nestled in the district of Sawai Madhopur, Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for tigers. Perhaps, this is one of those few places across the globe where you can see the big cats playing in the wild. This is one of the finest tiger reserves in the country Park’s abandoned fortress,lakes and above all it’s `friendly’ tigers have made it one of the most filmed wildlife reserves in the world.

Rajasthan is unarguably the vacationer’s paradise. If you’re planning a visit to this wonderful place then just pack your bag and leave the travel related concerns to us. With all the expertise and proficiency in destination management and tourism, we’ll make your sojourn at Rajathan an unforgettable one.

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A Trekking Trip to South India

South India has long been regarded as the backbone of Indian tourism industry with a slew of landscaping splendors that the backpackers worldwide cherish enormously. The renowned tourist sites in South India are studded with opulent cultural heritage sites, scintillating sightseeing spots, tranquil environs, and everything that vacationers would find engaging and absorbing.

Further, if you’re a die-hard adventure sports and trekking fan then a visit to South India is the place for you. The region is dotted with a raft of challenging mountain and river treks where you can let loose and enjoy the daunting mountainous terrains and riverside tracks. If you don’t have a clue about the trekking spots in South India, then let’s give you a glimpse of some of the hugely popular trekking spots herein.

Cavery River Trek: Originated in the Western Ghats, Cavery is the second-most revered Indian river after the Ganges. The trek follows the river when it enters the most exciting part of its 760-long journey in the state of Karnataka. The trek runs through nerve-chilling valleys, dense forests, and ravines. You’d also have the opportunity of getting vis-a-vis with the wildlife during the course of the trek.

Coorg Trek: Coorg is a charm and serene hill station situated in the lap of picturesque peninsular region of South India. The well laid coffee and spice plantations in Coorg has earned it a distinction of the Spice country. You’d experience the aroma of coffee and spice plantation throughout the Coorg trek. A perfect destination for the trekking enthusiasts who love a ride through lush green hilly expanse having a rendezvous with nature.

Kanoor Fort Trek: The state of Karnataka abounds in pristine natural beauty, rich floran and fauna, and a bevy of thrilling trekking routes. Nandi Hills, Biligirirangana Hills, Kudremukh, Kemman Gundi and Mercara are the popular hills on the Western Ghats that present the trekkers from all parts of the globe a great trekking delight.

 

Uttarakhand — A Trekking Treat for Vacationers

Spiritually dubbed as “Dev Bhoomi”, or “The Land of Gods”, Uttarakhand is a true paradise for nature and adventure enthusiasts. Curvy Himalayan slopes offer electrifying track for trekkers and campers across the globe. People from all parts of the world throng in this Northern state of India to enjoy trekking and other adventure sports. It’s mystifying treks, especially in the Garhwal region, which lies in the North West part of Himalayas, are simply majestic. Some of those mind-blowing treks are:

Chandrashila Trek: It ranks amongst one of the most demanding and enigmatic treks in the Garhwal Himalayan region. The fun of trekking here simply spruces up during the snowfall season. View of various Himalayan peaks, such as Trishul, Kedar Peak, Nandadevi, Chaukhamba, would make you feel as if you’re sitting in the mid of a sea of mountains.

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Roopkund Trek: Roopkund is a remote glacial lake nestled in the lap of Jurghati Dhar. This mysterious lake becomes centerpiece at festive times when folks from the villages bring their presiding deity to it.

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Valley of Flowers Trek: This is virtually a fairyland busting with swarms of vibrant and vivid wild Himalayan flowers. The park is popular world-over for its stretched fields of alpine flowers and alluring natural beauty. The snow-capped peaks including Nilgiri Parbat (6474 m) stand in bold relief against the skyline.

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Dodital Trek: Filled with Golden Trout, Dodital is a beautiful Himalayan lake carrying crystal clear waters. Surrounded with lush green meadows and high Himalaya views, this wonderful site is a real visual treat for nature lovers.

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Nag Tibba Trek: An intriguing trek that offers a good trekking option during winter when most of the high altitude treks become out of bound due to heavy snowfall in higher reaches of Himalayas. The trek is studded with typical Garhwali villages and beautiful temples.

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Kedarnath Trek: This trek is part of the ancient pilgrims’ trail from Gangotri to Kedarnath in the tradition of vamvrata yatra that begins from Yamunotri and ends at Badrinath , after the paying of respects at the Gangotri and Kedarnath shrines.

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Some Soothing Spring Holiday Destinations in India

Exotic India can best be discovered in the spring season just before the scorching summer start spreading its ferocity. The country offers virtually everything from scenic ravines and hill stations to beautiful meadows and lush green wildlife sanctuaries that can rock your spring vacations. The spring season is almost here and we can suggest some of the must-visit destinations that can really spice up your trip to India during this time. These are:

 

Himachal Pradesh: This northern state of India boasts some of the most picturesque and happening hill stations and mountain passes around the world. The best of them are Shimla and Kullu-Manali. Another fairyland landscape in the state is Dharamshala, which is popular worldwide for its Buddhist culture and utter serenity.

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Ladakh: Another mesmerizing hill station that will jazz up your springs expedition in India is Ladakh. The place dishes up host of wonderful trek routes and enthralling lunar landscapes. A true delight for nature lovers, Ladakh offers some exciting pastures and passes, such as Brandy Nala Trek, Markha Valley, The Apricot Valley, Zanskar Valley, to mention a few.

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The Golden Triangle: After having a striking sojourn at hill stations of North India, you can head on to bask in the rich cultural heritage in what is popularly tagged as ‘The Golden Triangle’ of India. The Triangle comprises of historic cities of Agra, Delhi and Jaipur, all are highly-venerated for their opulent cultural and historic sites. Delhi, the capital city of India, is the melting pot of diverse cultures, and houses slew of notable buildings and eye-catching sites. Agra epitomizes the imposing combination of Mughal and Indian architecture, with the Taj Mahal standing at the forefront of all. Another historic site in the line is Jaipur, popularly known as ‘The Pink City’, is home to sumptuous palaces and forts.

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Goa: The place that can offer you a wholesome holiday package this spring is the Western Indian state of Goa. This premier beach destination of India is cherished world-over for its absorbing beach trance parties. This perennially vibrant beach city is at its visual best during spring season when the Goa Carnival is in its full swing.

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